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Wellness retreat for Eagle County locals

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Michelle Lockett/Special to the Daily

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” A former Vail Valley resident has organized a wellness retreat this summer to Gili Meno, a tropical island off Lombok in Indonesia.

Michelle Lockett, who lived in the valley for 20 years and now owns a retreat-organizing company called “Be Free to Dream” in England, recently returned to the Vail area to promote the trip.

The retreat includes a 10-day course, accommodations in bamboo bungalows and breakfast.

Leading the course will be Tim Marris, a cranial osteopath and 30-year health pracitioner from England.

For those who wish to participate, there will be simple yoga sessions aimed at beginners and morning group meditations before breakfast. If any participants are more advanced yoga practitioners, then they would follow their own schedule of postures.

“In all, it will be a powerful 10 days designed to ‘move people forward’ in a comfortable but powerful way, in body, mind and spirit,” Marris said.

Students will learn about how the body heals itself, how to enhance this process and how to increase the growth, health and vitality in the body, Lockett said.

The course also will touch on “centering” and how this powerful resource can bring greater success and harmony to many aspects of life.

Students will learn how to be more in harmony with time and how this brings greater mental clarity and balance, Lockett said. They will explore how this imbalance with time causes anxiety and depressive tendencies, she said. Other topics include overcoming mild addictions and and goal setting.

The group will travel from around the world to meet on the tiny tropical island. People have inquired about the retreat from Hong Kong, across the United States, Europe, New Zealand and from the Vail Valley.

“When I heard it was on Gili Meno, the same island as featured in the book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Liz Gilbert, I couldn’t resist, because she chose this island for her own healing as well” England resident and trip participant Leigh Mason said. “This is going to make a great mother/daughter trip. We are going to try and meet Ketut Liyer the healer and spend a few extra days in Bali, too.”

Lockett said she attended a weekend course by Marris in England and was struck by his knowledge and calm presence.

“I was able to view life with an excited anticipation,” she said. “I’ve been able to keep using this knowledge. After having pain in my shoulder for 16 years as a result of an old skiing accident, the pain has gone. I am living in the now much more and have a bright outlook on future plans. I’m taking my daughter to attend the course on the island because what a great advantage to have this knowledge at 13.”

The course will be adapted daily to meet individual needs according to how the material is absorbed by the participants, Lockett said.

Jeffrey Passarelli of Boulder looks forward to sea breezes and 85-degree air, along with diving and snorkeling.

“Fresh sea food, white sand, turquoise waters and the teaching of Tim Marris,” he said. “This sounds a must for me. I have visited this island before and enjoyed the peace and the sound of the waves at night. Oh, and the sunsets and dinner at Cafe Diane are something I am looking forward to.”

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